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Home remedies for cough/sore throat

n. z. asks from Los Angeles

My 4 year old is coughing non-stop after catching something from my 7 year old. The doctor prescribed an antibiotic so he's taking that, but that doesn't ease the coughing or the sore throat. He's only 4 so cough medicines are out of the question (per the doctor). He ...

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When to tell kids . . . *ETA

M. 6. asks from Woodbridge

I was diagnosed with cancer yesterday. It's treatable - I'll live. As some of you may recall, my husband was diagnosed with cancer last year. He isn't a candidate for treatment at this time, but he is doing well and the cancer is moving slow enough that it isn't an ur...

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Why don’t teenage boys show excitement over anything?

J. F. asks from Milledgeville

I have a 13-yo boy (almost 14) who is sweet, smart, good-natured, well-adjusted....and SUPER low-key to the point where he never seems to get outwardly excited about anything. We’ve been lucky enough to travel to Europe with him multiple times, take him to pro sports e...

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Somewhat ghosted by mom friend but kids still play

G. O. asks from Brooklyn

I’ve been friends with this mom friend for 5yrs and our kids get along very well. I’ve always had an easy-going comfortable relationship with both parents (like when you find your tribe). The kids don’t get together regularly but when they do now, the mom barely ta...

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My 16 year old daughter is sexually active, what should I do?

C. N. asks from Rolesville

I just found out recently that my 16 yr old daughter is sexually active. I’m thankful that she came to me first to tell me about it, however, I think it was because she thought she may be pregnant or have an STD. As soon as she told me, I took her too the doctor, and t...

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Contact lens issue - son not sure if one is in or not (seriously!)

J. B. asks from Boston

The short version is...can you tell by looking at an eye whether or not a contact lens is in there? What am I looking for? So...one of my kids is new to contacts and naturally, the eye doctor is closed tomorrow for the holiday. Yesterday (Tuesday night) he went to tak...

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Lovebug

by Susan Feigenbaum

This email was sent to the email account I created to collect memories for my 7-yr old daughter.

Dear Evie,

Tonight as I was saying goodnight to you and Lily, Lily asked me how bedbugs get into people’s homes. In an effort to calm this latest, and admittedly most legitimate, of her many bedtime fears, I told her that Uncle Dan’s friend Jeremy is an exterminator and he’s checked our home a few times and she can rest assured that we do not have bedbugs.. and if we did, he’d come right over and kill them…. More

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Teenage weekend away with SO and family?

J. B. asks from Boston

What are your thoughts on whether or not you would be (or are) OK with your teenager going away overnight with a boyfriend/girlfriend and his/her family? My 15yo son is dating a girl whose parents each have vacation properties. Mom's is about an hour away and is a place ...

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Why, When & How to Toilet Train a Toddler

by Joan Lowell

Is toilet training in your near future?

You’ve survived your baby’s infancy. Congratulations! Let’s get onto those exciting toddler years, when kids are so easy to please. (Trust me!). Now let’s talk about toilet training. Spring and summer are a great time to start…. More

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Is Disney Educational? Of Course It Is!

A couple years ago, there was a discussion about taking your child out of school for a trip to a
Disney theme park. Many people—mainly teachers—were complaining that parents take their children out of school as a learning experience, and that it didn’t seem like a valid excuse. Then one mom actually said that Disney was not a learning experience. I have to 110 percent disagree with Disney World not being a learning environment…. More

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Libraries Need Love, Too!

In this day and age of computers, electronic teaching toys, and educational DVDs, public libraries may seem too old-fashioned to be of use to parents of younger children. (Or even older children, as they no longer have to go to the library to do research.) I think that is far from the truth!… More

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Extreme food preferences in teens - how much to ignore?

J. B. asks from Boston

Have any of you moms of older kids had teenagers whose food choices were extreme or limited? I've never been one to make food a battle ground in my house. My kids for the most part have different palates and cycle through preferences like everyone does, but we make it wo...

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Frivolous dating-after-divorce question...what age range to target?

J. B. asks from Boston

Hi mamas - I'll preface this with the fact that this is a totally hypothetical question, I'm probably over-thinking things (ya think?) and that it would be a good problem to have...the TL;DR version is "how big of an age gap is too much?" My divorce was final on 12/24...

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College student away at school with appendicitis - what to do?

J. B. asks from Boston

So I just heard from one of my sons that my step-daughter, who goes to school in Montreal, is in the hospital with appendicitis and having surgery tomorrow. I just texted her to ask her to call me when she's up for a phone call so that I can get the details. Because I'm ...

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Coordinating kids' gifts with your ex

J. B. asks from Boston

For those still parenting with an ex, how do you coordinate holiday gifts? My ex and I have two adolescent children who still get Santa-style gifts - they don't literally believe, but they put together wish lists. When my ex and I were still a couple, we of course went t...